Daniel Sedin a punching back for Marchand
June, 14, 2011
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com
BOSTON -- Brad Marchand kept punching and punching and punching.
And Daniel Sedin stood there and kept taking punch after punch after punch. Did Sedin wonder how many punches it would take for Marchand to get a penalty?
"Maybe after the fifth. But I took six. What can I do?" said Sedin, clearly agitated after being Marchand's punching bag in the third period.
An emotional Sedin said something afterward to referee Kelly Sutherland.
"I asked him why he didn't call the penalty. He said he was going to," Sedin said.
Marchand just shrugged off the moment.
"It was just heat of the moment, that stuff happens," the rookie said after Game 6.
Did Sedin say something to provoke Marchand?
"No, he didn't say anything before. He was just right there. ... He didn't say anything, he was just kind of taking it," the Bruins winger said.
Why did Marchand keep punching him then?
"Because I felt like it," Marchand said.
And that's why Marchand drives people crazy. On one hand, as he showed with his terrific top-corner goal to open the scoring Monday night, he's a big-time talent with a knack for clutch goals and big plays.
On the other hand, he does stupid things.
Canucks losing bodiesDan Hamhuis went down injured in Game 1. Aaron Rome was suspended after Game 2. Now Mason Raymond left Game 6 after a scary-looking injury in the first period.
Raymond was taken to hospital, but head coach Alain Vigneault did not provide an update after the game.
"It's tough, he's a key part of the team. He brings a lot of speed to that line. He's dangerous every shift he's out there. So once again, I don't know how bad it is with him, but if he can't play, we've had guys step in all year," Canucks winger Daniel Sedin said of Raymond's injury.
Throw in Mikael Samuelsson having season-ending surgery earlier in the playoffs and the Canucks are beginning to get thin. Will it have an impact on Game 7?
"No, not worried," Sedin said. "You lose key guys, obviously you want those guys in the lineup. But we've been relying on our depth all year, and right now it's when guys have to step up. And the guys who are playing in the lineup are going to have to help out by playing even better. That's what teammates do for each other and that's what we'll do."
"All year long, we've played through injuries," Vigneault added. "It's no different right now."